[R] S4 documentation - Was: "exact Wilcoxon signed rank test "
dieter.menne at menne-biomed.de
Sun Aug 27 18:46:47 CEST 2006
Torsten Hothorn <Torsten.Hothorn <at> rzmail.uni-erlangen.de> writes:
> indeed, this is the only gap to be filled in `coin', I just haven't had
> the time to implement this. And of course, `exactRankTests' is still
> available and will be available in the future. So you _can_ use it!
Torsten, and R-Coders,
"coin" is really a great step forward, but looking at the documentation of both
"exactRankTest" and "coin" together shows one bad thing about S4 documentation:
You can't find the important things any more. (not your fault, Torsten)
The functions you are going to need are drowned in a dozen "initialize" and
other stuff that is irrelevant for those who only want to use do the tests. It's
similar in nlme/lme4(currently documented in matrix). Normally I just try
print.xx and plot.xx. When I really have problems with some specialized
versions, I look into the code, because the documentation rarely give the right
answers for special cases.
Therefore, I would like to propose that S4 documentation should be conditionally
made available in an condensed form. Since in C++ code one probably would mark
these secondary functions as "protected", I propose a keyword "protected" in the
.rd files to mark those parts that should only be included in the "full"
(For fear of being rip...ed into pieces, going off for vacation now).
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